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Old 02-28-2014, 11:03 AM   #1
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Looking for 2011 Cedar Creek 34RLSA Owners...

Good Day All!
Found , we hope a nice shaped 2011 34RLSA and if the "weather gods" are with us we will pop down to check it out this week-end...
Looking for some thoughts on this model as well as what people are using to tow it as we only have a 2009 GMC 3/4 ton diesel.. does have air bags etc. so think we will be ok as its only the wife and I loading it up...
Please let me know what you think?
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:24 PM   #2
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I picked up a booklet on the Cedar Creeks at the Houston RV show on February 9th. I have a 2011, F250, CC, longbed, RWD, diesel, and I didn't see any Cedar Creeks that I would pull with my truck. I am very conservative with weight that I pull with my truck. I currently have a 2012 V-Cross 275, fiver that is rated for just under 10,000 lbs and the actual pin weight, all ready to go, is almost two times what Forest River lists as dry pin weight. Good Luck.
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:09 PM   #3
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With not knowing the exact weights that your truck can pull, you should be in the ball park. A 2014 CC 34RLSA is 12500 and a 2085 pin, ad a 1000 for your stuff you should be right their. Good luck.
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Old 03-07-2014, 08:50 PM   #4
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We may be defying the weight cops, but we are pulling a 2014 36CKTS with our 2011 Ford F250. We did have an extra leaf spiring added, but thus far the truck seems to handle it just fine. The 34RLSA weighs less, so in theory you might be ok. But you will likely be pushing the boundaries of your rear axle weight before you reach the GCWR.

It's a tough decision - I had many sleepless nights pondering it before I decided to bite the bullet and go for it. The DW fell in love with the CC and we are extremely happy with our decision!
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:52 PM   #5
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We have a 2013 34RLSA that we pull with a 2011 F250 Powerstroke diesel. We did add air bags to reduce some of the squat in the truck. Pulls well, always feels under control.
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:34 AM   #6
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Rest easy my 250 brothers, by adding that extra spring you have turned your truck into a 350. That is the only difference between the trucks and depending how you order the truck sometimes a 250 can out payload a 350. Like it has been said many times tires are the limiting factor, just don't overload your tires.
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We'll the weather has broken this weekend up here and while we got up to +9 yesterday went over and checked out the 2011 CC 34RLSA...it looked ok! It also looks doable weight wise (legally) with our truck . Now I'm just second guessing our box size on the truck,being 6'6" is that doable with investing in another hitch...Can't see anywhere in the booklet I printed off the "net" it saying anything about it having or not having 360 turning...thoughts? Thinking of calling FR tomorrow...
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To tell you the truth I have a 2013 34RLSA and it is going to a lot for your 3/4 t their pin weight is a little light on the sticker mine is about 600lbs low. On the plus side I tow with a short bed 1 ton and I do not have a slider, you just have to pay attention.
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We'll the weather has broken this weekend up here and while we got up to +9 yesterday went over and checked out the 2011 CC 34RLSA...it looked ok! It also looks doable weight wise (legally) with our truck . Now I'm just second guessing our box size on the truck,being 6'6" is that doable with investing in another hitch...Can't see anywhere in the booklet I printed off the "net" it saying anything about it having or not having 360 turning...thoughts? Thinking of calling FR tomorrow...
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I'd suggest checking into that closely. I don't know if that is considered a "short" box or not, but while doing my research I read about a guy with a shorter bed F250 and had the 36CKTS, and took out his back window while using a standard hitch and making a tight turn or backing - I forget which one. Anyhow, he ended up getting a slider hitch to remedy his problem, and seems to be quite happy now. Many on the Forum are strong advocates on those slider hitches and will be able to offer more info on them. I didn't get one as I have a longer bed - like 6'10".

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I picked up a booklet on the Cedar Creeks at the Houston RV show on February 9th. I have a 2011, F250, CC, longbed, RWD, diesel, and I didn't see any Cedar Creeks that I would pull with my truck. I am very conservative with weight that I pull with my truck. I currently have a 2012 V-Cross 275, fiver that is rated for just under 10,000 lbs and the actual pin weight, all ready to go, is almost two times what Forest River lists as dry pin weight. Good Luck.
X2 on that. The VCross 275 that I have comes in at 2220 lbs on the pin vs 1193 in the specification. That put me 400lbs over GVWR on my 3/4 ton Cheby. I have since taken ALL of the weight out of the truck bed and transfered a bunch of it to the rack on the back of the camper and into the storage.

Every pound you take out of the truck and put in the camper helps your payload and if you put it behind the axle of the trailer it multipies. Not a real big deal, but I would recommend determining your actual payload capacity BEFORE buying a camper and determining what the ACTUAL pin weight is..

The thing about fifth wheel is that ALOT of the loading takes place in the front storage areas and adds to the pin weight. So it can get heavier up front faster than you think. On 3/4 tons it is amazing easy to exceed the payload capacity. Just saying.
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